“This policy is completely wrong and is certainly not Germany’s policy. A toxic conflict between neighbours is the last thing we need,” warned German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday accused US President Donald Trump of causing trouble in the Middle East.
In an article posted by the Handelsblatt daily Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned: “US President Trump’s recent giant military contracts which Gulf monarchies raise the risk of a new spiral in arms sales.”
Minister Gabriel statement came on the heels that on Monday Saudi Arabia and allies including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced they were severing diplomatic relations and closing air, sea and land links with Qatar.
These countries have accused Qatar of harbouring extremist groups and suggested the tiny Gulf state supports the agenda of Saudi Arabia’s regional arch-rival Iran.
The countries decision also came less than a month after President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia and called for Muslim nations to unite against extremism.
When President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia recently, he had signed arms contracts worth $110 billion with Riyadh.
While Qatar had long severed ties with its neighbours the recent announcement came as a shock and has raised concerns because a crisis could destabilise an already volatile region.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump threw his support behind the regional for their efforts to isolate Qatar. The President supports Saudi Arabia and its allies. Trump suggested that the key US ally, home to the largest American airbase in the Middle East has been funding extremism.
Minister Gabriel warned against the isolation of Qatar and said the move is an attack on the Gulf state’s very existence. The Minister further added that the nuclear deal agreed with Iran in 2015 had allowed just such an escalation to be avoided.
“I am very concerned with the dramatic escalation and the consequences for the whole region. Such a ‘Trumpification’ of relations in a region already susceptible to crises is particularly dangerous,” said Minister Gabriel.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel met with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in Berlin yesterday.
Written by Stacey Fowler